How to become a Swimming Pool and Spa Builder

Swimming pool and spa builders install and construct in-ground and above-ground swimming pools and spas in both residential and commercial locations.

Personal requirements for a Swimming Pool and Spa Builder

  • Enjoy practical and outdoor work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to follow precise directions

Education & Training for a Swimming Pool and Spa Builder

To become a swimming pool and spa builder you usually have to complete a VET qualification. Entry to these courses usually requires Year 10. You may be able to study through distance education. You can also become a swimming pool and spa builder by completing a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.


Additional information

A drivers licence is usually required.

Duties & Tasks of a Swimming Pool and Spa Builder

Swimming pool and spa builders:

  • Work with designers, architects, landscape architects and contractors to construct residential and commercial swimming pools or spas
  • Read and interpret building plans and specifications
  • Apply and finish sprayed concrete or fibreglass lining
  • Apply interior and waterproof surfaces
  • Install tiles and coping pavers
  • Install subsoil draining systems, filtration equipment and sanitisation systems
  • Install reticulation systems and pool plumbing
  • Prepare construction contracts.

Tasks

  • Spreading and levelling soil, gravel and sand on roads and driveways, trench bottoms and similar locations.
  • Cleaning and carrying out minor repairs on stormwater drains and canals, and checking for cracks and leaks in sewerage systems.
  • Digging holes and shovelling excavated material onto conveyors, wheelbarrows and trucks for removal.
  • Assisting with assembling and installing piping, valves and fittings.
  • Mixing, pouring and spreading materials such as concrete, plaster and mortar.
  • Erecting and dismantling temporary structures such as barricades and scaffolding.
  • Loading and unloading building and construction materials, tools and equipment and transporting them around building sites.
  • Assisting with installing fixtures such as toilets, wash basins and sprinkler systems.

Working conditions for a Swimming Pool and Spa Builder

Much of the work is done outdoors and involves driving to job locations.


Employment Opportunities for a Swimming Pool and Spa Builder

Swimming pool and spa builders are employed in the property services, consumer affairs and environmental health industries.


Specializations

Swimming Pool and Spa Builder

Swimming pool and spa builders install and construct in-ground and above-ground swimming pools and spas in both residential and commercial locations.

Swimming Pool and Spa Inspector

A swimming pool and spa inspector carries out site inspections of swimming pools and spas to implement and enforce legislation and regulations.

  • Average age
    Average age
    34 years
  • Future Growth
    Future Growth
    Strong
  • Gender Share
    Gender Share
    3% female
  • Average full-time
    Average full-time
    45 hours
  • Weekly Pay
    Weekly Pay
    $1,458
  • Skill level rating
    Skill level rating
    Entry level
  • Unemployment
    Unemployment
    Higher Unemployment
  • Full-Time Share
    Full-Time Share
    76% Full-Time
  • Employment Size
    Employment Size
    65,600 workers
  • Employment Size
    Employment by state
    ACT: 1.5%
    NSW: 35.2%
    NT: 1.3%
    QLD: 21.6%
    SA: 6.0%
    TAS: 1.8%
    VIC: 23.2%
    WA: 9.4%
  • Employment Size
    Age brackets
    15-19: 7.1%
    20-24: 15.9%
    25-34: 27.6%
    35-44: 19.6%
    45-54: 17.9%
    55-59: 6.5%
    60-64: 3.7%
    65 and Over: 1.7%
  • Employment Size
    Education level
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma: 4.3%
    Bachelor degree: 4.3%
    Below Year 10: 9.2%
    Certificate III/IV: 30.8%
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0.7%
    Year 10 and below: 26.7%
    Year 11: 8.3%
    Year 12: 24.9%
    Years 11 & 10: 23.6%
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